by Pam Zubeck
I was in 4-H when I was growing up in Kansas and got to go places, such as the National Junior Livestock Show in Wichita and the State Fair in Hutchinson. But international travel was never a part of my experience. Obviously, things have changed, because an El Paso County 4-H'er is among 20 in Colorado who are heading for China soon, and good for him.
It's hard to imagine rodeo being a big deal in China, but it apparently is, and the president of the County 4-H Youth Council will visit there soon to introduce the people of China to the culture of the American West through the art, science and sport of rodeo.
Cade Christensen was chosen from more than 120 Colorado 4-H'ers who applied to be part of the China visit, the county says in a press release.
Christensen, 17, has been in 4-H for nine years. He's among the 20 Colorado 4-H youth who will help teach rodeo competition and livestock handling principles to young people in China.
Before traveling, Christensen will be given training in effective teaching practices and receive an introduction to Chinese culture, the press release says. During his years in 4-H Christensen has participated in ranch horse versatility, market hogs, livestock judging, and Livestock Quiz Bowl. He is fully immersed in 4-H activities this week at the El Paso County Fair.
The eight-day professional rodeo will be held in Beijing October 3-10 at the Bird’s Nest National Arena (site of the 2008 Olympic Games).